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Naked Lunch (1991)

 -  Drama  -  24 April 1992 (UK)
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After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

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Not an adaptation of beat writer William S. Burrough's novel but a mix of biography and an interpretation of his drug- induced writing processes combined with elements of his work in this paranoid fantasy about Bill Lee, a writer who accidentally shoots his wife, whose typewriter transforms into a cockroach and who becomes involved in a mysterious plot in North African port called Interzone. Wonderfully bizarre, not unlike Burrough's books. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Exterminate all rational thought. See more »

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Rated R for heavy drug content, bizarre eroticism, and language | See all certifications »

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24 April 1992 (UK)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,541,541 (USA)
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Peter Weller turned down the lead role in RoboCop 3 (1993) to appear in this film. See more »

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[first lines]
Bill Lee: Exterminator.
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Featured in Untitled 'Naked Lunch' Featurette (1991) See more »

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Intersong
Composed by Ornette Coleman
Performed by The Ornette Coleman Trio
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Superb adaptation!
21 August 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm always dubious when books I love are made into movies. They never QUITE translate and something is always lost. The idea of filming 'Naked Lunch' is even more difficult than usual, because it isn't really a novel with a coherent, chronological narrative, more a sequence of surreal, absurdly dark and funny "skits". As such it would be impossible to make a successful movie out of the raw material Burroughs created. Luckily Cronenberg (and who would have been better equipped to make this?) has cannily blended scenes from the book with incidents inspired by William Burroughs real life, and made it work. Very well.

Fans of Burroughs are sure to be more satisfied with this than the more literal and less imaginative 'Beat'. Non-fans will hopefully be inspired to read Burroughs' work after watching this. Peter Weller is perfectly cast as Bill Lee, and the supporting cast are also fine. I like most of Cronenberg's output, and I would rate 'Naked Lunch' as one of his most successful movies, and the best depiction so far of the Beat sensibility.


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